#Edchat Weekly Roundup: 21st Century Teaching Tools
12pm ET: If innovation is the goal of education, and is promoted through higher order thinking skills, why do we focus on worksheets?
7pm ET: How do we change a teacher's view of technology as a distraction from learning, to that of an attraction to be a gateway to learning?
While worksheets are not directly related to educational technology -- in fact, they're at the opposite end of the spectrum -- these two topics encapsulate the issues that today's educational sphere are faced with. How can we appropriately balance traditional teaching practices with innovative classroom resources? Do worksheets and rote-learning have a place in the 21st century classroom? And, when it comes to the contemporary classroom, how can we show our teachers how to purposefully use technology in the classroom?
See below for the thoughtful commentary from this week's #edchat participants. Where do you stand on issues on 21st century teaching tools? Tweet us at @teachdotcom or comment below!
#edchat worksheets have value. Depends on how they're used. Graphic organizers are great way to organize thoughts.— Kimberly Hawks (@kimberly_hawks) February 11, 2014
One reason we focus on worksheets is because it was a large part education when we grew up. Grasping onto familiarity #edchat— Adam Levine (@AdamEducates) February 11, 2014
#edchat tech should always be a deliberate choice not a default decision...tech is a tool, not a solution— John Chase (@getwhatugive) February 12, 2014
PD is key so tech isn't extra but is embedded in engaging instruction. #edchat— Jodi Moskowitz (@JodiMos) February 12, 2014
It's the framing -- tech needs to be seamlessly interwoven that there isn't "Tech PD" -- it's simply teaching and learning PD. #edchat— Jimmy Juliano (@edtechavenger) February 12, 2014